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mark 1 (1 freq. in the literal sense)
1. target, butt: fig. phr. “beyond the of,” beyond the reach of Cor. II. ii. 94 “he fought Beyond the of others,” Ant. III. vi. 87 “Beyond the of thought.”
2. “God bless” or “save the ,” probably orig. a formula to avert an evil omen, and hence used by way of apology when anything disagreeable or improper has been mentioned, or to express impatient scorn at something said by the speaker Gent. IV. iv. 21, 1H4 I. iii. 56, Rom. III. ii. 53, Oth. I. i. 33.
3. attention, notice, observance Meas. V. i. 320 “As much in mock as ,” Oth. II. iii. 325 “the contemplation, , and denotement of her parts;—of no ” of no importance or note 1H4 III. ii. 45.
4. object serving to mark a spot at sea, sea-mark Sonn. cxvi. 5 “an ever-fixed , That looks on tempests and is never shaken” ; fig. guiding object, ‘example, pattern’ (Schmidt) Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 8 “Your high self, The gracious o' the land,” 2H4 II. iii. 31 “the and glass . . . That fashion'd others.”
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